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* Campus gets a look at VPASA candidates

With interviews and public forums complete, now it is on to the process of making a decision on who will be the next Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Shoreline Community College.

Transitional Programs Director Bill Sperling asks a question of Dr. Craig Lewis. More photos
The campus community got a chance this past week to see and question the four candidates from next door and across the country.All of the forums were webcast via Elluminate. The candidates and forum schedule included:

Bill Sperling

  • Monday, May 21 - Dr. Keith Smith, an Edmonds resident and Vice-Provost at Kaplan University, holds a Ph.D inEducation from Seattle University.
  • Tuesday, May 22 - Dr. Craig Lewis lives in Langley on Whidbey Island and is Dean of Communications/Social Sciences at Everett Community College. Dr. Lewis and holds a Doctorate in Education in Education Foundations from the University of New Mexico.
  • Thursday, May 24 – Dr. Virginia Tomlinson is currently Dean of Instruction, Arts, and Sciences at Spokane Community College. She holds a Doctorate in Sociology from University of Pittsburgh.
  • Friday, May 25 - Dr. James Jansen holds a Doctorate in Languages/Literature from the University of Utah. He is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Corning Community College and lives in Painted Post, N.Y.

Before the forums and separate interviews with the committee and President Lee Lambert, the search committee worked hard to review the candidate applications and narrow the field. Moving forward, the committee will meet again to review their notes, list strengths and weaknesses of each candidate and present a package of information to President Lambert.

Lambert said at the May 23 Board of Trustees meeting that he hopes to have an offer made and a new VP hired by July 1. Whoever that is, they will be taking over from the current vice president, John Backes, who has announced his retirement.

SCC/Jim Hills

* Hirayama moves on after 22 years

While working on a college campus, we are often too busy to stop and say thank you, thank you to colleagues who have made significant contributions to our college and who have positively impacted the lives of so many students.


Thank you, Lisa

Please join us in saying farewell to Lisa Hirayama,1-
2 p.m., Thursday, May 24, Room 9303.

Refreshments will be served.

This is one time to pause and say thank you to Lisa Hirayama for 22 years of service to Shoreline Community College.  Lisa has accepted a new position at Seattle Pacific University and will be leaving Shoreline June 1. While we wish her much success at SPU, Lisa’s departure is a great loss to our college and international programs. 

Lisa is a founding leader of International Programs at Shoreline. She directed International Programs for a number of years, helping to shape and create the strong department we have today. Lisa has worked closely with all aspects of international education to include admissions and immigration, marketing, advising and student services.

She guided countless international students toward academic achievement and success. She also led the development of our international high school completion program and international transcript evaluation, helping many students earn credit toward diplomas and degrees.

Most recently, Lisa served as the College’s representative to the Inter-College Relations Commission.  Over the years, staff and students have come to rely on her knowledge and expertise. It is not easy to say goodbye to a long time, respected colleague.

Lisa, thank you!  Your contribution to Shoreline and students will long outlive your tenure on campus.  We will miss you and wish you every success in your new position.

Diana Sampson, International Education

* President Lambert named to two national boards


          Lee Lambert





  • In service since 1920, the American Association of Community Colleges has aptly been called the "voice of America's community colleges." The Association represents and advocates for nearly 1,200 associate-degree granting institutions enrolling more than 13 million students – almost half of all U.S. undergraduates.



  • The National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) was established to address the need for strong industry partnerships with educational institutions in order to develop, implement and sustain industry-recognized portable certifications that have strong validation and assessment standards.

Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert has been named to two national-level, higher-education leadership positions.


In April, Lambert was named to the Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), just a month after taking over as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3).


“I’m honored and excited to join AACC in this leadership position at such a critical time for higher education,” Lambert said. He was named as a Council Representative at the AACC annual convention, April 21-24, in Orlando, Fla.


“AACC is the leading advocate and voice for community colleges at the national level,” Lambert said. “Shoreline is working hard to find innovative ways to meet the needs of our students, our communities and our industry and education partners. I’ll work to foster that spirit of innovation on a broader scale.”


In March, Lambert was chosen to lead the board at NC3.


“NC3 is a group of educational institutions and industry partners dedicated to creating strong partnerships,” Lambert said. “The core idea of the NC3 partners is to develop, implement and sustain certifications that are industry-recognized and portable for the student.”


Lambert said NC3 is focused on the transportation, energy, and aviation sectors.


“At Shoreline, we worked with aerospace companies to develop a two-quarter program that gives students the skills to get hired right away and industry the employable workers they need now,” he said.  “We also have the premier automotive technician training center in the country, a program that others from around the world come to see.”


On April 17, Lambert testified before a U.S. Senate subcommittee about Shoreline’s experiences.

“Our effort is centered on our partners and students and making it work for them,” Lambert said. “When the college can stay focused on the needs of partners and students, everybody wins.”


Gidget Terpstra, Chair of Shoreline’s Board of Trustees, applauded the appointments for Lambert.


“Lee’s leadership on campus and at the national level helps others to see Shoreline as we see it; a great place for students to learn and change their lives,” Terpstra said “We’re fortunate to have Lee working toward innovation, developing strong partnerships and stressing student success in our current evolving world market to guide the college through these difficult times of change.”


SCC/Jim Hills